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Review: Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn



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Make a wish…

Lennie always thought her uncles’ “important family legacy” was good old-fashioned bootlegging. Then she takes some of her uncles’ moonshine to Michaela Gordon’s annual house party, and finds out just how wrong she was.

At the party, Lennie has everyone make a wish before drinking the shine—it’s tradition. She toasts to wishes for bat wings, for balls of steel, for the party to go on forever. Lennie even makes a wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was murdered six months ago.

The next morning gives Lennie a whole new understanding of the phrase be careful what you wish for—or in her case, be careful what wishes you grant. Because all those wishes Lennie raised a jar of shine to last night? They came true. Most of them came out bad. And once granted, a wish can’t be unmade…


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Lennie Cash lives with her uncles and her mother. Her name is famous since her father went on a crime spree with her in the backseat. It ended in a Chuck. E. Cheese where her father escaped and she was found buried in the pit of balls.

Now she is trying to survive her notoriety and the murder of her best friend Dylan. She wants to change everything so she is dragging her friend Larry to Michaela’s epic yearly party. She is hoping three jars of moonshine that her uncles made will buy her way into the party. Her plans start out going well until she is one of the party goers that gets loaded in a truck and carted away. She thought everything was going well until Smith walked in. He blames her for his sister, Dylan’s death. The next thing she knows he is dumping her and the others outside the bar where Dylan was found.

She gets home with help from one of her father’s associates. Once home she hopes she won’t have to be confronted by her uncles. Instead she is faced with a family secret and the consequences of her actions. Smith is stuck with her and they both make a shocking discovery. Neither one knows what will happen next. Then Lennie’s dad sends minions to bring her to him. Now she has to fix what she has done and stay away from her dad in the process. She has no clue how she is going to accomplish all of this.

This book started out a bit sad since Lennie lost her best friend and everyone blamed her. Her father’s reputation preceded her in everything. She is tired of her life and decides to change it. It starts getting weird. The moonshine makes it interesting but the family secret was a bit odd. It’s hard to really get into the story when I had a hard time relating to the events taking place.

The events that followed the party were confusing. I had a hard time following the author’s thought as Smith and Lennie learned about how the wishes came true. The author makes her so intoxicated that she can’t remember what she did and said the night before. So it was confusing as things were revealed. Things changed fast and the battleground was not what I was expecting. Then the ending blows your mind. The wish she makes for Dylan is unexpected and when she almost dies, it is not the direction that the story seemed to be going. The author makes a sharp left turn and completely changes her main character’s personality. I felt like most of the story was more of a bad dream then reality in Lennie’s life. With that in mind the story to me was just ok. I give it a 3 out of 5.




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